Penalty Kicks One of the most pressured and intense moments in a soccer game A mind game as much as a physical achievement An element with an important foundation
1 • It pays not to be overconfident but to really know your strengths and tactics in advance.2 • It pays not to play games of reverse psychology as the goalkeeper is likely to be well aware of what you’re up to.3 • It’s important not to give the game away with your eyes and body movements.
Steps to Becomean EffectivePenalty Shooter1. Practice focusing and self-composure techniques as part of your regular training.2. Be decisive and kick the ball once the referee whistles.3. Be prepared and don’t deviate from your training.
1. Practice focusing and self-composure techniques as part ofyour regular training. Even before you a. Learn how to are in the position remain focused. of having to take a b. Practice staying penalty goal, part calm under of your training pressure, not should always be thinking about the to learn the things that could go wrong. techniques for keeping yourself c. Practice calm under visualization of positive results. pressure.
2. Be decisive and kick the ballonce the referee whistles. Decide first whether you will kick for accuracy or for power. This determines your kick style.
If it’s “precision over power” you want, then therecommended kick is the inside-foot.
Sometimes power can be enough to take the ball past the keeper. To achieve this shot, shoot hard with the instep, i.e. from the laces.
Take a short, straight run up of only four to six steps.Kick the ball low and hard.Aim for about three inches (7.5 cm) inside of each post.Chris Jones says that the low and hard shot taken from a short, straight run is “impossible to stop.”
3. Be prepared and don’t deviatefrom your training. Don’t: Turn the expectation of a goal into added pressure Feel that the shot has to leave the ground Hesitate about where you will place the ball Place undue importance on the moment
If you are playing agoalkeeper who alwaysjumps early, you cansend one straightdown the middleand watch himjump out of theway.
On average, yourteam will beawarded apenalty kick every3-4 games.
As you learn to: Master the mental toughness Stay composed Score penalties You will: Score more goals Help your team win more games Cement yourself as a valuable player and team leader